The word, the bug, the disease that makes your skin crawl with fear!
AND of course…..
I found a tick on me!
It was a gloomy morning yesterday and my daughter decided to take the pups for a hike before the rain started. Welcome to Vermont. We have 6 Seasons – Mud, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Mud. Anyway… we live in a neighborhood that’s surrounded by dense woods featuring a beautiful brook running through it. We have several really pretty nature trails that we take full advantage of and take the dogs hiking on. Our dogs are far better off leash than on, so we let the run while we hike together. Maisey tends to venture off a little further than Maggie, but she always listens when you call her name. Maggie typically sticks to us like glue when we are hiking, even when she sees a bunny!
Anyway… my daughter was hiking for about 2 hours with the pups before they came home. Maisey and Maggie both came home tired and went to bed in their crates for a few hours. They came out of their crates when they smelled dinner… little did we know what was lurking on Maisey!! Because someone didn’t put the essential oils on the dogs!
I cook fresh foods for the dogs every week – one lean meat with two vegetables.
Once they finished their dinner, the pups climbed up on the couch for their nightly belly rubs and snuggling. After about 10 minutes of rubbing Maisey’s belly, I felt something on my arm. Something, crawling, something creeping about on my ARM! I looked down, thinking “Oh, it’s probably a dog hair or something.” NOPE! It was a nasty TICK! “EEEEEK!” I yelled. My husband said, “What, what is it?” “HELP! There’s a tick crawling on me!” He dashed to the kitchen to get a paper towel; meanwhile, I picked it up and squeezed it between my index and middle fingers. I put the tick in the paper towel and squeezed with all my might. UGH! I hate ticks!
The rest of the night, I kept checking my skin, fearing that I could have another one on me. Luckily, it didn’t have a chance to bury itself into my flesh. Ticks are unbelievably common in Vermont – they’re everywhere. It doesn’t matter where you go. If you’re outside or have pets, you will encounter ticks. Maisey was diagnosed with Lyme disease last Fall; how a tick managed to survive the tick vaccine is beyond me. I can no longer vaccinate Maisey since she’s Lyme-positive, but Maggie gets vaccinated and both dogs are now on Nexgard. I also make an essential oil blend that I call TICK OFF that I use on myself/family and on the dogs. I roll it on my wrists, behind my ears, and the back of my neck before heading outside. I roll it on the back of the dog’s necks and on their collars before we go hiking. Here’s to hoping ticks stay away… FOR GOOD! Because – I just made a new batch of Tick Off. AND NO ONE IS GOING TO FORGET PUTTING ON THEIR ESSENTIAL OILS EVER AGAIN!!! Blargh.. I hate ticks!